Hosting a group of masters and well-established artists of Nigeria this month is the prominent luxury home and design store Adam&Eve on Isaac Jones in Ikeja. The nine-man show titled ‘The Content’ was conceived by Modupe Ogunlesi, director of Adam&Eve who is seeking ways to bring art lovers across Lagos to the culturally exiled Mainland.
The debut show, framed as an interaction between fine art and design objects, will showcase the beauty of man-made objects in varied dimensions. Artworks, curated by one of the exhibiting artists Lekan Onabanjo, come from Bruce Onobrakpeya, Kolade Osinowo, Raqib Bashorun, Tola Wewe, Zinno Orara, Fidelis Odogwu, Duke Asidere and Alex Nwokolo, promising the presence of a rounded selection from paintings to sculptures, and metal foil reliefs.
This first show, which will be followed by more exhibitions and eventually a gallery space in the same building, aim to show that the Mainland can also be a commercial hub for artists outside of Victoria Island. “Adam and Eve is all about aesthetics”, says Ogunlesi on the well-known store now in its 20th year. “The addition of fine art to functional art and design objects in the store will not only increase seeing the connections between all these art forms but will help visitors to properly appreciate these works which are rarely seen in functional spaces.” The brochure also highlights the technology and intricacies behind some of the works on display.
Artists in The Content come from different schools of art in Nigeria and thus present an interesting mix of known styles and ideologies from the Zaria art school to Yaba College of Technology and Auchi Polytechnic. The renowned 85-year-old printmaker and pioneer member of the Zaria Art Movement, Onobrakpeya, is one of Nigeria modern masters whose work has seen decades of interest and appreciation by collectors and art lovers. A selection of his metal foil print will be exhibited at the show.
Sculptor and design artist, Bashorun, who has worked with found objects since 1987, creates both functional and decorative design sculptures out of discarded metal objects and wood. His designs have evolved over time and he has presented three solo shows of design sculptures consecutively at Omenka Gallery.
Oshinowo, a master realist, and portraitist with over four decades practice gives the opportunity to see some of his recent works. His impact in the Nigerian art scene as an artist, teacher, and administrator has been a source of inspiration and direction for many. His latest exploration includes incorporating textile into his paintings, some of which were presented at his solo exhibition ‘Changing Times’ in 2016.
Another Zaria artist in the show is Duke Asidere who has consistently commented on Nigeria’s socio-political landscape through a variety of genre including pencil, engravings, oil and acrylic, pastels, and collage in his 25 years practice. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours in Fine Arts (painting) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1988, and a Masters of Fine Arts in painting.
The exhibition will open on June 18 and run until July 10, 2017.
Adam & Eve, 8 Isaac John Street, GRA Ikeja, Lagos.
Top image: Lekan Onabanjo, Red Books.